Mother Daughter High Tea

May 29, 2017 at 4:06 PM

What better way to spend some quality time with our mums and daughters, than spending an afternoon together sharing a high tea. A sell-out event every year, the Girls’ School hosted their annual Mother and Daughter High Tea at the Ellerslie Events Centre yesterday. 

Principal, Ms Juliet Small welcomed our girls, their family members and our invited guests, Mrs Rosemary Harris, Deputy Chairperson of the Trust Board; Mrs MaryAnn Goodfellow, wife of Trust Board member, Dr Bruce Goodfellow; Mrs Sue Nash, Director of the Preschool; Mrs Renee Roberts, Human Resources Manager and Isabella Denholm, College Head Girl. 

Quoting research by The Alliance of Girls’ Schools, Ms Small said, ‘A New Zealand survey has found that one in four girls cite their mother as their most important female role model and that girls admire hard work and self-confidence, whereas, being pretty or beautiful is among those traits considered the least important. Girls look to their mothers to find their future selves.’ 

Ms Small also shared a small piece of ‘advice’ from the font of current popular knowledge – Facebook! Details on how to be a perfect mother in 2017 was received with much laughter! 

‘Make sure your children’s academic, emotional, psychological, mental, spiritual, physical, nutritional, and social needs are met while being careful not to overstimulate, under stimulate, improperly medicate, helicopter, or neglect them in a screen-free, processed foods-free, GMO-free, negative energy-free, plastic-free, body positive, socially conscious, egalitarian but also authoritative, nurturing but fostering of independence, gentle but not overly permissive, pesticide-free two storey, multilingual home preferably in a cul-de-sac with a backyard and 1.5 siblings spaced a least two years apart for proper development, also don’t forget coconut oil. How to be a mom in literally every generation before ours: Feed them sometimes.’ 

Head Girl, Lola Wiltshire was called on to say grace before afternoon tea was served. This was a chance to stop for a moment, enjoy the company of others and something tasty to eat. 

A printable photo booth was set up for the girls and their guests to have some fun getting photos taken with humorous props, to take away as a special keepsake. The girls were also given a sewing activity to keep them busy. The best, however, was saved for last! Following tea, our guests were treated to some entertainment by Le Cirque De JP, a French Circus Artist who performed magic tricks, balloon art, comedy, balancing acts and juggling. The room was filled with laughter throughout his act, as everyone waited in anticipation for what would happen next. Some of our girls were even lucky enough to be called on stage to help! 

If relaxed chatter, laughter and time spent with loved ones is a good measure, then this year’s High Tea hit all the right notes. Our thanks to the Parents and Friends Association, and its Chairperson, Mrs Rebecca Scoones, Mrs Abbie Griffiths and their team of volunteers for the time and effort put in to organise the event, it was thoroughly enjoyed by all. 

Thank you also to the following sponsors and donors who supported the event:

Saint Kentigern Old Collegians AssociationBowl and ArrowBlue Frog BreakfastsFarro FreshMy Studio girl, Noble by NobleSimply Flowers on Benson, Minipitcher, The Bay Tree, Stephen Marr, SoBeau Baby, Father Rabbit, True food and YogaMaddieAboutYou Photography, Lang Stone Oral Care Company and Mix Limited Cosmetics


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